Burglary + 9 Felonies = Life in Prison for Texas Man

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- A repeat felon who fled on a bicycle after burglarizing an elderly woman's suburban Waco home has been sentenced to life to prison.

Jurors deliberated about 45 minutes Wednesday before recommending the maximum prison term for 47-year-old Gary Wayne Willoughby. He'll be eligible for parole in 15 years, court officials said.

Willoughby's felony conviction Tuesday was his 10th since 1981. He first went to prison at age 17 for breaking into a San Antonio home.

His attorney described his client as nonviolent but with a lifelong drug problem.

Prosecutors asked jurors for a harsh sentence, saying Willoughby showed no remorse for the burglary of the 79-year-old Bellmead widow's home. Because Willoughby had at least two prior felony convictions, he was tried as a habitual criminal, bumping his minimum sentence from two to 25 years in prison.

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